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Picture: Lyle Hewitson after clinching his double on Sunday aboard the Danny Shum-trained Lightning Bolt (Acclamation) (

Hewitson And Ferraris Have Full Books At Happy Valley Today ( Wednesday). 

Lyle Hewitson’s double at Sha Tin on Sunday took him to 16 wins for the season in Hong Kong, which is enough to put him in a clear fifth position on the Jockeys log.

In 229 rides for the season he has also had 9 seconds, 26 thirds, 13 fourths and 30 fifths which gives him total stakes earnings of HK$21,919,850, which at the current exchange rate is the equivalent of a cool R48,881,265.50.

Meanwhile, Luke Ferraris is in joint seventh place on the log on eleven wins and total stakes earnings of HK$15,850,400.

However, both riders are very much in demand.

Tomorrow (Wednesday) at Happy Valley Ferraris rides in every one of the nine races and Hewitson rides in eight.

However, they will still have it tough as none of their mounts will be prominent in the betting.

Ferraris’ two best rides could be on the Tony Cruz-trained 1000m specialist Circuit Seven (Deep Field) in Race 5 over 1000m and the Caspar Fownes-trained Winning Icey (Hinchinbrook) in the last race over 1200m.

Circuit Seven has landed a plum draw of two in the class 4 event. In his penultimate start he was taken up to second place in the running from a wide draw of 11 and stayed on for a neck second. However, he was raised two points and last time after leading from draw five, he was overtaken late and could only a manage a two length sixth. He remains on the same mark but if Luke can gain an easy lead from draw two with the horse’s good gatespeed and manage to keep something in reserve for the business end, he could be in the money.

Winning Icey runs in a class 3 event over 1200m. This Australian-bred really runs for Ferraris. He started off his career with two thirds under Ferraris. He then had two unplaced runs under KH Chan and Moreira respectively. He was then reunited with Ferraris and rattled off three wins in succession, followed by a third and a second. It is obviously tougher now off his increased mark but he has plenty of zip and could be a contender. He did not break well last time on the All Weather but stayed on well for a 3,75 length second, so he could go close here if he breaks better.

Hewitson’s best ride could be in the class 4 seventh race over 1200m on the Dennis Yip-trained Hercules (Medaglia D’Oro). He followed a win with a second in his penultimate start, but then only managed sixth last time, all over 1200m in class 4. However, he was drawn seven last time and now has draw two. He was dropped out to the back in that last race and did not have a smooth passage on the rail, with his running taken up a couple of time. Hewitson rides him for the first time and if finding a decent position from this good draw and having a smoother passage than last time, he should be right there.